Greg Shap's Journal Entry #10

I was a bit taller than the average spacer, a result of my planetside origin. I had not been destined for the deep dark, but life has a way of reaching down and taking what it wants, then destroying any pathway back. Sometimes it gives a few kindnesses, like a Space Fleet Admiral and his […]

Greg Shap's Journal entry #9

On Naming Worlds… Let’s face it, the settling of worlds is a serious business. Colonists have to be a sturdy, determined lot. There’s not a lot to laugh at when you’re meeting the unexpected and unpredictable. It could kill you. Oh sure, all the planets are checked out by the Colonization Bureau, but they can’t […]

Tales from the Perimeter Lands

From Silver and Chaos Tuvarsh shrugged. What a bunch of overdressed, overindulged southerners thought about him was the least of his concerns. “They required a courier. I was coming this way,” he said. Actually, that second part was not quite true. But when a Mage of Chaos–especially one whose runetapes were clearly ten levels above […]

INGRAM SPARK DAY 2019

I had the pleasure of being a +1 to Ingram Spark Day, Weds. Aug 21, at their facility in La Vergne, Tennesee. It was a wonderful experience. Besides being treated to a lovely breakfast and lunch, they presented seminars telling us how to get better exposure and sales on self-published books. We toured their bindery […]

Greg Shap’s Journal entry #8

When I told Saurubi Cerros Syrhas my story, how raiders had attacked my world, killed the adults and took the children as slaves, she looked at me with her great, amber eyes and declared, “Obvious you were not where the Mother Universe intended you to be.” I was shocked. Sickened. Angry with her cold analysis. […]

Greg Shap’s Journal entry #7

Humans try to put a face on the snarling maw of darkness that is space. They try to tame it. It’s too big for that. Once you wander away from the safety of the herd, the wolves slink in. Then there is only one law in space; kill or be killed. Learn who your friends […]

Greg Shap’s Journal entry #6

Before the Whooex Union we had happily blundered into other alliances’ star systems all the time; but, since we were Stone Age technology compared to theirs, it hadn’t really mattered. We had an open field out toward the Crab Nebula, so we weren’t trying to move into anyone’s space. Once we joined the Whooex, the […]

Greg Shap’s Journal entry #5

When Humans finally met aliens we didn’t encounter just one species. We met a whole Union of Stars. And it wasn’t our dazzling charm that drew them to us: it was our mode of space travel. In the mid-twenty-first century, we found a crashed alien ship on one of Saturn’s moons and the real Human […]